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No recusal for FWC member after "something fishy" claim

A senior FWC member has declined to step aside from hearing a resuscitated case involving the Commission's own email fail, covert recordings, a threat to kill and an alleged extortion attempt.

Cash pushes cooperative approach ahead of vax 'summit'

IR Minister and Attorney-General Michaelia Cash says a meeting this morning between government agencies, employers and unions will focus on how businesses can comply with COVID-19 work, health and safety obligations, "including without mandating the vaccine".

"Panic buttons" among answers to FIFO harassment: Unions

The major mining companies should install "panic buttons" in all accommodation villages, says a union submission to a West Australian parliamentary inquiry into sexual harassment of women in the FIFO industry.

Tribunal chips "point-scoring" lawyers

The FWC has criticised the lawyers of an unfair dismissal applicant and his former employer for "point scoring" conduct falling foul of professional conduct rules, while rejecting the latter's costs bid and claim it did not sack the worker despite announcing his redundancy.

ACCC's union cartel case collapses

The ACCC's criminal cartel case against the CFMMEU and its ACT construction and general division branch secretary Jason O'Mara has been withdrawn by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Lockdown did not undermine in-person vote on deal: FWC

The FWC has called out a union bargaining representative for his "unexplained" change of heart about in-person voting for a new deal occurring during a COVID-19 lockdown, noting that his opposition only surfaced after the non-appearance of two holidaying workers helped it get up by a slim margin.

Prior conduct fines could worsen breaches, union tells High Court

The CFMMEU has told the High Court an ABCC appeal raises the prospect of "double punishment" by inflicting maximum penalties for even minor contraventions based on past recidivism, with a risk that it could encourage contravenors to commit more serious breaches.

Unclear skies for stood-down aviation workers

Unions are questioning gaps in government support payments for aviation workers engaged as labour hire or in receipt of Centrelink allowances, while Jetstar looks to have staved off a dispute over its ability to implement mid-roster stand downs.